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A Guide to Planning Your Visit to Crab Island

7 Apr 2021
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Crab Island in Destin Florida is a one-of-a-kind attraction you can't find anywhere else. It's not a beach, and it's also not an island. The infamous Crab Island is a sandbar near Destin Harbor amid the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. On holiday weekends, you may see hundreds of boats gathered along the sandbar for the day with water games, food, and floaties. While it's a spot known for its spirited afternoons, it's still family-friendly. 

Since Crab Island is such a unique destination in Destin, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while planning your trip there. 

Where is Crab Island in Destin?

aerial view of crab island in destin florida

Crab Island is a sandbar located off the coast of Destin Florida on the north side of the Destin Bridge (Marler Bridge) and the south entrance of the Choctawhatchee Bay. It is comprised of a small area that is very shallow at high tide with crystal clear waters. Crab Island technically has no land and it ranges from 1-4 feet deep water. 

How Do You Get to Crab Island in Destin Florida?

The only way to get to Crab Island is via boat. You can rent a boat, charter a boat, take a water taxi, kayak, jet ski, or book an excursion to be taken out to Crab Island. 

Destin Boat Rentals to Crab Island

Renting a boat is the ideal way to get to Crab Island so you have a base when you get there. Anchor down and get your floaties in the water or swim around to check out all the action. You can choose the time you want to spend out on the water and the type of vessel you want to get there. You can even find double-decker pontoon boats with slides into the water, high-quality stereo systems, fishing equipment (Keep in mind you'll need a saltwater fishing license), and more. 

You can find a boat to fit up to 12 people, and some are even pet-friendly so you can bring your pooch along. 

Companies that offer Boat Rentals to Crab Island

What to Bring With to Crab Island

Keep in mind there are no facilities at Crab Island. Everything you bring with you, you will have to bring back out with you. 

Here are a few things to add to your bag for your trip to Crab Island:

  • Pre-made lunch and/or snacks
  • Water jugs and refillable bottles
  • Sodas, beer, and other beverages 
  • Football, frisbee, or volleyball
  • Sunscreen
  • Water sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Garbage bags

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If you're planning a vacation to Destin with your family, friends, or significant other, book your stay in one of our vacation rental homes or condos. We have a wide variety of accommodations for groups of up to 28 guests. Find a vacation rental home with a private pool or a gulf front rental for easy access to the beautiful Destin beaches. Destin Getaways also offers a selection of pet-friendly rentals so you can bring your four-legged friend on vacation. Call us today for more information or browse all of our Destin vacation rentals to find the perfect one for your group. 

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